Don’t drink your calories. That’s the mantra of many trying to shed some pounds. Should smoothies be an exception to this diet rule? Yes (and no). Smoothies made with simple ingredients like soymilk, plain yogurt and real fruit are a nutritious mini meal, perfect for breakfast on the go or an after workout snack. But, smoothies made with more processed ingredients like flavored smoothie bases and frozen yogurt or sherbet tend to be much higher in calories- a mega meal in a glass. Better to sip simply when it comes to smoothies.
Here’s a favorite smoothie I created. I love the combination of blueberry and mango, but you can switch up the fruit if you like. Try peaches instead of mango or strawberries in place of the blueberries. You can’t go wrong with this easy smoothie recipe.
Blueberry Mango Smoothies
1 cup unsweetened soymilk or low-fat milk
1/2 cup mango chunks
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
Maple syrup, honey or agave syrup (optional)
Add soymilk, mango, blueberries and yogurt to blender container. Cover and blend until smooth. Taste for sweetness. Add maple syrup if needed; cover and blend to combine. Pour into 2 glasses.
Makes 2 servings (1 1/4 cups each)
Nutrition Tip: Try adding a boost to your smoothie. Blend in a little almond butter, protein powder or ground flaxseed.